Where Attachment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Meet

Speaker

Lynn Barnett

Job Title

Therapist

Format

workshop

Audience

Foster and/or Adoptive Parents, Service Providers, Case Managers, Students, therapists

Presentation Summary:

Where Attachment and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Meet looks at the issues that impact foster and adoptive families in their day to day functioning.  Children affected by prebirth alcohol brain damage have evidenced dysfunction that ranges from profound mental retardation and birth defects to the more difficult to diagnose fetal alcohol effects of poor cause and effect thinking and poor impulse control issues.  With the additional problems of attachment and bonding that often occur with children who have experienced inconsistent care, abuse, or neglect, parenting is made more difficult, for the child and for the family.  Strategies for managing behaviors and parenting using empathic, love based methods will be presented

-       A better understanding of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, the biological and the behavioral ramifications of FASD and why parenting these children and young people requires a different approach.

-       A better understanding of the issues and concerns facing children impacted by Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders and Attachment and Bonding issues in foster/adoptive homes.

-       Developing better strategies for helping these children and youth in foster and adoptive families and their overall outcomes.

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Experience/Bio:

 

Lynn Barnett is a licensed social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. 

Specializing in attachment focused family therapy, Lynn is a home based therapist who works with families impacted by adoption and foster care. Lynn has also been active in the LGBT community as a founder and board member for Midwest Alternative Family Alliance, an education and support network for gay and lesbian families with children, and an outspoken therapist and advocate for LGBT teens living outside of their family homes.

 

LGBTQ Older Youth Panel

Speaker

Lynn Barnett

Job Title

therapist

Format

panel presentation

Audience

Foster and/or Adoptive Parents, Biological Families, Service Providers, Case Managers, Judges/Lawyers, Students, Advocates, Policy Makers, therapists

Presentation Summary:

Come hear a panel of 5 LGBT youth talk about their experiences in the child welfare system.  This panel will bring a greater depth to the issues that these extraordinary young people have had to go through while learning to live in the adult world, sometimes without the benefit of a loving family from which to spring.  Bring your hearts and your questions as our youth will tell their stories and be prepared to answer queries from the audience.

-       Better understanding of the issues and concerns facing LGBT youth in the child welfare system.

-       Better understanding of existing prejudice that negatively impacts mental health for this population.

-       Developing stratagies for improving better support networks for LGBT youth in the child welfare system to enhance understanding and improve outcomes for the youth in care.

 

Experience/Bio:

 

Lynn Barnett is a licensed social worker in both Kansas and Missouri. 

Specializing in attachment focused family therapy, Lynn is a home based therapist who works with families impacted by adoption and foster care. Lynn has also been active in the LGBT community as a founder and board member for Midwest Alternative Family Alliance, an education and support network for gay and lesbian families with children, and an outspoken therapist and advocate for LGBT teens living outside of their family homes.